Woman and child at National Waterways Museum

The National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port has announced a boatload of entertaining events running over the summer months designed to appeal to visitors of all ages.

Located on the banks of the Shropshire Union Canal and part of the Canal & River Trust, the museum celebrates the rich history of the waterways which were once the lifeblood of the UK's economy.

What was once a noisy, bustling hub is now an area of calm tranquillity, full of winding waterways and overlooked by Grade II listed buildings.

“The National Waterways Museum is more than just a museum,” said Ani Sutton, Destination & Attraction Manager. “It’s a living, breathing part of the UK's rich heritage. The summer programme offers visitors the opportunity to experience it first hand and to learn about the important role that the waterways played in shaping the country's history. It’s also a good day for all the family as we’re child and dog friendly.”

The highlight this year are the monthly ‘living museum’ Canal Town days, when visitors can step back in time and experience what it was like to live and work in the docks during the 19th century.

The exhibits include interactive elements, such as dressing up in period costumes, engine and lock demonstrations and trying out traditional canal crafts, like rag rugging and lace making.

Led by knowledgeable and friendly volunteers, the museum's free guided tours provide a fascinating insight into the history of the waterways and the culture of the canal era.

Costumed Interpreters at Canal Town

All the events are family friendly, with lots of treats in store on Chocolate Day on 9 July and the Traditional Village Fete on 20 August, complete with fairground organ, striker, hook-a-duck, hoopla and coconut shy.

Entry to the museum costs £28.50 for a family ticket, adults are £11.75, concession £10.50 and children £8.50 (those aged under six go free). All tickets give free entrance for a year.

More information can be found here


National Waterways Museum
National Waterways Museum

Unlock the wonders of our waterways at National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port.

Canal Town
History & Heritage
Canal Town

Step back in time at our family-friendly Living Museum event and experience what it was like to live and work in the docks when Ellesmere Port was a canal town.

Chocolate Day
Charlie Atkins (on the right) also known as 'Chocolate Charlie' on board the historic Mendip

Indulge in all things chocolate and celebrate the historic Mendip narrowboat that transported chocolate crumbs between the Cadbury factories at Knighton and Bournville.

Village Fete
Boy with Lolly, smiling at the Village Fete

Join us for a day of old-fashioned fun at our traditional Village Fete.



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